São Paulo

São Paulo Travel Guide

Most international flights to Brazil arrive around sunrise: head out of customs and head straight ahead to start the day off with the country’s beloved pão de queijo (cheese bread), which marries blissfully with a strong cafezinho (small espresso).

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Before strutting Brazil’s 4,603 miles of soft sands, stop here to load up your iPod with bossa nova, samba, axé, and forró—any Chill: Brazil compilation will do. (Just don’t take anything with an apple on it to theft-prone beaches in Rio or Recife.)

The three-story shop features cutting-edge local Brazilian clothing designs, luxe wood interiors, and a bird aviary.

Fresh batches of pão de queijo - irresistibly chewy, buttery bread made with cassava flour - are baked daily at the pocket-size bakery.

If you’ve been putting off a visit to the dentist, this spotless dental office will clean your teeth, whiten, and take X-rays for a fraction of the U.S. price ($40-$60). The doc is in from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Guarulhos Airport seriously lacks world-class shopping, something it must rectify before Brazil hosts the 2014 World Cup; but for now, this jewelry shop and art gallery is the best bet for coming away with some memorable items.

Brazilian DJ's spin all night at this local hot spot.